• International legal theorists posit historical moments when conceptions of justice are “constituted
    by, and constitutive of, the transition” (Teitel). This article uses the framework of transitional
    justice to understand the cultural work of political allegory in the spring of 1660 on the eve of
    the English Restoration. Insights from transitional justice (1.) help explain how Anglican royalists
    convinced wary Presbyterians to assent to a restoration of the monarchy; (2.) permit a new
    reading of Milton’s allegory of Sin and Death in Paradise Lost; and (3.) facilitate a more critical
    history of the framework of transitional justice itself.